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By Glen Stansberry

Linkswitch #81, Raising Rates, Creative Careers, Multimedia Savvy

3 Ways to Raise Your Rates and Crush Your Freelancing Fears Are you getting paid what you’re worth as a freelancer? You might think so, but it’s more likely that you — like many freelancers — are charging much less than what your clients are willing to pay.

How to Submit a Reader Story or Question to Get Rich Slowly

Sunday morning is “reader story” time at Get Rich Slowly. Every week, I share a story sent in by a reader like you. Today, though, I’m going to take a time out to do some housekeeping. This morning, I’m sharing info on how to submit a reader question or story for future publication. At noon-ish, I’ll republish the GRS comment policy.

How to Make Cleaning a Habit: 10 Tips

Everyone would rather do anything at all except clean the house. Time spent cleaning feels like time wasted that could be used doing something fun. When cleaning is viewed as a chore instead of as an aspect of family life, the person stuck with cleaning feels imprisoned.

"One Lives in the Naïve Notion that Later There Will Be More Room Than in the Entire Past."

"One lives in the naïve notion that later there will be more room than in the entire past." —Elias Canetti, The Human Province * Writing my Secrets of Adulthood is one of my favorite happiness exercises, and I always enjoy seeing other people's lists. On Drawing Near, Andria posts her own 38 Secrets of Adulthood (38 for her 38th birthday.) * Need a good summer book?

Growing Every Single Day

The one question I ask myself each day as I go to bed is, “Did I grow in some fashion today?” If I can’t answer that question with at least one very strong and clear statement, I view that day as a failure. What do I mean by that? Let’s break it down into smaller pieces. First of all, why?

Fwd: IKEA table makeover

Materials: Ikea table Description: Just posted this DIY project about an IKEA table makeover using simple decals and spray paint. See more of the DIY project on Curbly. ~ Bruno

Desk for our bambino

Materials: Malm Nightstand Description: This clearly wasn't difficult, but it's our first hack, so we're proud. We found the Malm nightstand in the AS IS section for $20 (since it was missing the drawer). We found these leg posts, which already had screws in them, at Home Depot.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #32

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. This week will mostly feature pictures of highlights from our recent travels. 1. Mount Rainier The cloud-wreathed peak of the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states was stunning as we approached it. 2.

Lisa Gansky, Ted Video: The future of business is the “mesh”

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at The future of business is the “mesh” by Lisa Gansky.

Micke Printer Hutch

Materials: Micke Desk, Ekby Jarpen Shelves (x4) Description: I recently purchased a new printer (HP Officejet 7500A) and discovered that it is the largest electronic in my room. I had my old printer in my Billy bookcase, but my new one is far too large.

The GRS Garden Project: July 2011 Update

Welcome to the GRS Garden Project. Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for July 2011. (Here are the results for 2008 and the results for 2009. We rested in 2010.) We had a strange July in our garden. First, the cool weather lingered longer than it ought to have. It wasn’t cold and wet, but the days were cool.

Make More Bad Stuff

I spent 90-minutes yesterday interviewing Bob Taylor, the legendary founder of Taylor Guitars, at his San Diego compound.What an amazing person, company and and experience.

Dinner With My Family #28: Personal Pita Pizzas

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Pita bread has such a wide variety of uses that we always pick some up if there’s a sale on it.

Woodwork Lamp with Customized Lampshade

Materials: Hemma lamp (18"), Lobbo shade (12"), bench-top scroll saw, 1/4" plywood, 1" pine board Description: I designed this project for a day camp woodworking group. Customizing the lampshade was a challenge - it's made of polypropylene and polyethylene, and it's almost impossible to paint with fume-free, non-toxic materials!

Your Scariest Competition is YOU

We all have competition in life. This could be the competitors trying to steal business away from the company you work for or the guy who really irritates you at work who just happens to be going after the same senior promotions as you are.